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  • Series: Banjo
  • Sheet music: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1 edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634060430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634060434
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
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Having always wanted to play a banjo and convinced by a recent birthday that life is short; I took a leap of faith and purchased a rather expensive banjo. Knowing the pressure was on to make some quick progress in order to justify the expense to my wife, I purchased several banjo instructional books. By far the most useful has been this Earl Scruggs book with CD. The text walks you very slowly and methodically through an increasingly difficult progression of skills and the audio is indispensible, providing the nuance of Scruggs' sound that I wouldn't have been able to pick up on from the printed tab alone. The audio is in Scruggs's own voice from an LP record from many years back which adds a lot of nostalgia to the practice sessions. With this book and CD learning the banjo has been as fun as I thought it would be. If I was relying on the other books I purchased I am afraid I would be very frustrated at this point. If you are an aspiring banjo picker I highly recommend this book and CD. I am convinced that anyone who invests the time and takes each lesson slowly can become an accomplished banjo picker with this book and CD. $30 is a small investment for the musical skills you will develop.
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This book is not for beginners. If you are new to banjo or new to bluegrass music in general, I would recommend an easier book like those written by Wayne Erbsen or Janet Davis. This book is much better suited for someone who has played banjo for a while and has the patience to work through Earl's passages. I know everyone else loves this book and hey it is a great book if you're ready for it. But for someone new to banjo this book will intimidate you and likely discourage you. Don't jump into something too fast, try one of the other books I mentioned first. Work completely through that. Then try learning an easier Scruggs tune like Ballad of Jed Clampett (you can find tabs online). If you are able to do that song to speed, then go ahead and get this book. Otherwise, hold off. Also should point out, the CD is only for the lessons portion of the book, it does not contain any of the tunes or songs. Consequently, you'll need to purchase or download some of Earl's albums. I recommend the Essential Earl Scruggs and/or Foggy Mountain Banjo. These two albums cover about 80% of this book.
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4 Stars. Great Tabs, and History, but somewhat dated even with revised tabulature. 4 Stars because I think there MAY BE more helpful beginner books. 5 Stars based on the fact it is EARL'S - and we ALL love Earl and his music/songs - there is some great stuff in here!!!!

This is a great book and probably considered a MUST HAVE for a banjo student. If you are SERIOUS about the banjo, you will probably want this. There are a ton of reviews for this product telling you how great it is, so I won't say too much about that.

Although updated, this book is still based on the songs and playing of Earl Scruggs, a PROFESSIONAL banjo player credited with developing this style of picking. There is a lot of things a beginner CAN learn from this book, but most of the SONGS, in my opinion, are N-O-T EASY songs to learn on or play. You will spend considerable time learning rolls before you are PICKING. Buy it if you MUST, but there ARE better beginner books, I feel, to help you get started, if you are a beginner. This book, to me, is aimed more towards intermediate pickers and the song tabs are most valuable to students who already know a few songs and are playing with at least a LITTLE experience. It does have the tabulature to many of Earl's hits, and therefore makes this a VALUABLE book. But again, you won't just jump in and start playing them.

I had already learned some beginner type rolls and a couple of songs when I got this book. At about the same time, I purchased Tony Trischka's book "20 Easy Banjo Solos." Tony's book also comes with a CD and he plays through the songs slowly and at speed. Many of the rolls and "runs" you learn early in Tony's book will be things you can build on.
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I started to play banjo or tried to play banjo in the year

of 1969. My uncle got me this book and a record that you could get with the book. After a period of about two years I was playing 5 string banjo like Earl Scruggs, well almost. To make

this story short, this still is a great system to learn banjo.

Everett Boxdorfer
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Every banjo picker born after 1940, and every fan, student or performer of bluegrass music owes Earl Scruggs (1924 - 2012) an outstanding debt. Few musicians have ever accomplished for their particular instrument what Scruggs did for the 5-string banjo. He developed an extraordinary playing style from a suite of syncopated rhythmic devices that plucked virtue from the instrument's acoustic limitations, firmly established the banjo's role in the bluegrass ensemble, and revitalized the popularity of the instrument, in eclipse since the advent of swing music and electronic amplification in the early 1930s.
Principal in his legacy is the instructional work "Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo". Written in collaboration with Dr. Burt Brent (who wanted to expose the "anatomy" of Scruggs style) and Warren Kennison, Jr. (who transcribed the songs and exercises into tablature), the book was originally published in 1968 by Peer International Corporation and revised in 2005. The Hal-Leonard edition includes an audio CD of 60 lessons presented by Earl himself.
In addition to practical lessons for playing the banjo, the book includes a treasury of autobiographical anecdotes, a recapitulation of Scruggs' career and valuable information about the instrument itself from "Getting Acquainted With Your Banjo" to "How to Build a Banjo". There are detailed instructions for maintenance and repair, as well as intricate descriptions of optional banjo hardware, such as Scruggs tuners, capos and 5th string hooks. Louise Scruggs (Earl's wife) contributes a "Brief History of the 5-String Banjo". There are lucid, well-illustrated chapters on the elements of musical structure, chords, inversions, tunings, and tablature.
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